In the book, “My Brother Sam Is Dead” there is a lot of educational value. The whole storyline is overall fairly interesting. In the book, there are bountiful amounts of education about the American Revolution. I think that reading this book, to me, was much more beneficial than sitting and reading from a textbook. This was because everything was in context, and I felt like I was actually the shadow of Tim Meeker, watching the formation of what would become my country. Although this cannot be looked at as an alternative to learning about the American Revolution even if it happens to be reading out of a textbook, I do think that it is a great supplement to enhance understanding of what people had to go through to form the U.S.A.
The Meeker family claims to be a neutral family (not for or against either side), but it definitely shines through in the story that they are mostly loyalist, with the exception of Sam. The Meeker’s own and live in a tavern in Redding, Connecticut. Their family consists of Mother, Life ( The Father), Sam ( The oldest child), and Tim ( The youngest child). When Sam decides to leave his loyalist family and join the Patriot Militia, Life Meeker disowns his son, and does not want anything to do with him. Things just roll straight downhill after this falling point. On a journey home from Verplancks Point with his son Sam, Life gets captured by the British and put on a prison ship where he dies of cholera. Now all that is left is Mother, Tim and the Tavern. They become very frugal and try to stretch every dollar. As times get tough for people all over the Colonies and goods run short, Mother and Tim Meeker struggle to keep their tavern in business. When Sam arrives home on a surprise, illegal visit, he is framed for stealing cattle. He is further arrested and executed.
The overall storyline of this book seems to rise and fall. There are many points where it seems like you cannot put the book down! However, the falling points really seem to be boring, and you just want to give up on the book. I think though that if you are even the slightest bit interested in this book, you should read it! It is very educational and you will most definitely be glad that you have read it once you finish those last few words.